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November 5th, 2009
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  1. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    I love this game sorry cant blog right now got to get back to the quiz.

    November 5, 2009 at 11:35 am |
  2. Martha

    This game has the potential to be lots of fun and will test my knowledge of recent history. It's a good thing I can read, however, because if I had to rely on your description I'd be in big trouble. You need to slow down, pause between sentences, and not slur your speech.

    November 5, 2009 at 12:51 pm |
  3. Peter

    the new CNN Challenge is very slow....pretty clunky....huge amount of time between questions....you need to fix that.

    November 5, 2009 at 1:52 pm |
  4. Nodman

    Yo Tony,

    I don't use twitter so I'm posting this here;

    The majority of the American people WANT the public option! Numerous polls show this, including your own! We want you to report the truth, and hold politicians feet to the fire when it comes to the public option.

    I cannot afford health insurance and wound up in the ER because of a kidney stone. My bill was $14,000+!!! I want a public option. My family wants a public option. AMERICA wants a public option. Start telling the truth, you are the "most trusted" news after all.

    November 5, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  5. Gina

    I just watched President Obama's press conference regarding the shooting at Fort Hood, and it is inconceivable to me that the President started the press conference with light remarks towards the Native Americans present, who interrupted with applause etc.

    The tragedy at Ft. Hood should have taken precedence. Our President has shown a total lack or respect towards the dead and wounded and especially the military community.

    He is the Commander in Chief of our troops, he should act accordingly. I am in total disbelief of what I just saw and heard.
    God help us all !

    November 5, 2009 at 5:34 pm |
  6. Tom A

    RE: Ft Hood Shooting

    How can the shooter using two handguns get 42 rounds fired?
    In all the choas how could he reload? I wish someone would ask.

    November 5, 2009 at 5:34 pm |
  7. Linda Zargarian

    Today on your news report you reported that congress had extended theunemployment for another 20 week extension. Why doesn't someone question whether they will extend the government subsuduzed cobra insurance. We need help with this too along with the unemployment benefits. Thanks

    November 5, 2009 at 7:22 pm |
  8. Phil

    Muslims should not be allowed in our military especially if they have Muslim names. There is a conflict of interest there between ideologies and Muslims being Muslims are going to start taking their relgious veiwpoints to the extreme hee in America with murder and mayhem as we have seen all over the world. Now they are bringing their terrorism onto our own military bases through someone young American men thought they could trust. Muslims can't serve two masters of ideology. Theirs is one of total supremacy and world domination any way they can get it. Wake up America.

    November 5, 2009 at 7:35 pm |
  9. Crystal

    I am a military member and haved trained several mitlraty members as CLS (Combat Lifesavers) so when they are on a deployment they can render aid to wounded in the field. So the soldiers that helped the wounded at FT Hood did what they were trained to do. Thank the Lord they had the training.....
    Crystal

    November 5, 2009 at 8:26 pm |
  10. Robert Angell III

    I Think Robin Mead is the best well spoken attractive news anchor that the network has ! Robin keeps people interested in the news stories with her pleasant personallity and open with a sence of humor wherefore others do not ! Robin has a pleasant voice and a pleasant presentation ! Keep up the goodwork, my girlfreind and I watch you every morning !

    November 6, 2009 at 8:15 am |
  11. Clinton R Bowen

    Just pass the public option health care bill.

    November 6, 2009 at 9:34 am |
  12. DEBBIE

    My prayers are with all of the people at Ft. Hood. This is shocking and wrong. It's too sad. Just when we need to come together to work on so many issues we have to face this-who do you trust?

    November 6, 2009 at 9:43 am |
  13. Kevin

    Heidi, I realize from previous viewing of CNN your husband is a veteran, and just now while the tapes played of those mother's who son's or daughter's were victims of this senseless tragedy, you seemed to be holding back tears. There's no shame in that, we've all been shedding a tear or two since this occurred. Don't feel like you have to be made of stone, you wouldn'tbe the first anchor effected by the news they've reported. If it was okay for Walter Cronkite, it should be okay for you as well.

    November 6, 2009 at 9:47 am |
  14. Mom of a Ft Hood Soldier

    As a mother of a Ft Hood Soldier, my heart, thoughts and prayers go out to all our American Soldiers and their families. I was able to hear my son's voice at 3:30 yesterday afternoon telling me "Mom, stop crying I am ok". I have been sitting here crying all morning listening to news reports and hearing other soldiers families speaking. Please, focus on the physically wounded and emotionally wounded instead of what should be done to the shooter. Right now our men and women who serve our country and our needs are the most important factor.

    November 6, 2009 at 9:50 am |
  15. Alexander Smith

    The female officer that shot, Magor Nidal Hasan, M.D. proves that women are qualified to serve in the Military.

    November 6, 2009 at 9:53 am |
  16. Lance

    I agree Muslims should not be in our military. Lets all be real for a second, we are a war with the Muslim countries and facts prove that they can not be trusted. Muslims hate the U.S. and I would feel a lot safer knowing that they are not in our military where they have access to firearms and intelligence. The shooting in Fort Hood now proves that they can't be trusted. I do not hate Muslims but I do know that their religion and beliefs teaches them to hate the U.S. I think we should get out of their countries and they should get out of ours. We should leave the Middle East alone and let them fight their own civil wars. How long are we going to be over there? How many more lives do we have to lose?

    November 6, 2009 at 9:59 am |
  17. Dr. Vishwanath Ayengar

    Heidi, the administration in our country does not seem to recognize one thing about Islamic culture. There are Muslims who think that their loyalty to Islam, Muslims, and anything Islamic, supersedes all other loyalties. When we come across such a person, we should not consider that person as just any other person. If we do, we can end up regretting our naivety.

    November 6, 2009 at 10:02 am |
  18. Alexander Smith

    I am a Christian and I would find it hard to come to America and kill Christians in a war. I think the Military should think twice about sending Muslims to kill other Muslims in a war.

    November 6, 2009 at 10:03 am |
  19. Alexander Smith

    I have an idea that I believe could help this war, I can not post this here. I wish someone would contact me so I could tell the Military about this. I am a Viet-Nam Veteran, 100 percent Disabled. When I see what happen at Fort Hood, I can just cry. I hate to see the lost of the Military.

    November 6, 2009 at 10:23 am |
  20. EC

    Sorry to hear what happened. My condolences to all families that lost their kids to this tragic incident. One of the things that is bothering me is that we need to pay close attention to people that have strong ties to religious beliefs in the military and workforce in general. As we learn more about this incident, the gunman was already expressing frustration about the whole war situation. Why wasn't this taken more seriously? There has to be protocols in place for these kind of situations. I hope this does not repeat again!

    November 6, 2009 at 10:36 am |
  21. Deen

    To All my Fellow americans;
    first, I would like extend my condolences to the families and love ones of the soldiers whome were killed and wounded at Ft. Hood by a coward person. This guy should receive the most severe punshment possible for this unhumane act.

    As a muslim, I want to assure my fellow americans that this guy"s evil act or any act of voilence against innocent people is totaly against our belief. unfortunately some idiotic idiologistics use religion of islam as excuse to justify their evil acts.

    God bless America!
    Deen,
    Vienna, VA

    November 7, 2009 at 1:33 pm |
  22. ed

    Don Lemon indicated that the shooter at Fort Hood may be of Jordanian nationality--I beleive that it was reported that he was born in the United States therefore his nationality is American--his ethnicity may be Jordanan-do not confuse nationality from ethnicity

    November 7, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  23. Jen

    Particulary difficult considering I'm focusing on a man re: the horror of sexual assault of varying degress. Unfortunately women are most critical of women. A female police officer said she felt the same way (If it's her fault, it could never happen to me, being the psychology.) Until of course it happened to her.

    Men I find (especially of my age bracket – like you, but a little older) are more empathetic than women. I suspect because men will tell other men of their 'conques't or how she 'actually wanted him'. Don't try to get in the mind of a rapist is my suggestion.. They're not of normal mind. Unfortunately, I suspect incidence has become worse for those of my neices age, now officially adults, simply because of exposure to such explicit, at times, and from magnitude of information, to negative ideas. Whey did our children, both boys and girls buy into this.

    Yes I know I beg your pardon any political incorrectness, African American, Black, partly Black, ah heck how about American. This does not give you some imbalanced responsibility. Like I said, the mind of a criminal is often a little or a lot different.

    I'll deal with Fort Hood maybe another time. Still trying to absorb it. Maybe this stuff will never be over. Call it that part of me that chose to be a student of Bhuddism.

    Still hate leaving my name. Maybe that says something as well.

    November 7, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  24. Fred

    I think soldiering on was never needed more than it is now. God bless America & thank you for taking on so many burdens ; most of all, the burden of freedom. Prayers for those who have suffered so much. I was really inspired by the courage of the sister who lost her brother ( I think he was only a 22 years old and newly married ) and was still willing to share her sorrow with viewers. God bless you and comfort you.

    November 7, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  25. Rj

    Currently viewing CNN Newsroom (Health Care): I'm so glad to hear that Mr. Steele is "so past" the party of No and all the talking points, yadda, yadda, yadda. So when Mr. Steele doesn't really have a valid argument he falls back on all the standard clichés. The moderator started with the right health care / insurance question, but didn’t push Mr. Steele to honestly answer.

    Well, I’m tired of hearing all the opponents of health care reform say the US has the “best” health care system in the world, explaining “why do so many people from other countries come to the US for treatment”. Those folks come here because they can afford it and they go to the best facilities. Very few can do that. Only the fewest of Americans, especially those with "health insurance” can afford the same kinds of treatments. The insurance companies drive the show not the doctors or patients.

    Unfortunately, we don’t have the best health insurance system – all the stats and the life outcomes prove that to be true. At various places around the country, we have the best health care, yes, but not the best health insurance system. It’s not even remotely available or affordable to most Americans – even those with health insurance.

    The legislation on the table now is not arguing over health care, but health insurance. The opposition proposes mostly the status quo.

    It’s the health insurance system that most Americans find overpriced, inefficient and offensive. Mr. Steels should answer how to resolve that question.

    November 7, 2009 at 8:01 pm |
  26. James Hussher

    I am certain we will discover that Hasan was radicalized and recruited by the owners of those blogs he vented on. Good catch for them, an Army officer and psychiatrist with access to young soldiers' minds. In deepening despair, he decided to make a bigger "contribution" to jihad and commit this Ft Hood massacre, no doubt believing he would be martyred. Thus he gave away all his furniture, etc. But he was obviously in covert communication with radical Islamic elements via Intenet and in person, and that make this an act of (domestic) terrorism, not a just a madman going postal.

    November 7, 2009 at 8:05 pm |
  27. ROGER JOHNSON

    don great job tonight ! thanks i am so happy that the house passed the historic bill, my wife recently passed away and we were married 45 years and of those 35 years she was a bed payient and i worked and was her maine caregiver and we fought the system all the time when my dealership would change insurance companies etc and also those preexisting conditions and manny times i had to go to the owner of the dealership and he would have to make a phone call in my behalf to the insurance company in my behalf. my dsaughter who has special needs husband and thier oldest boy has (michocondrea) and she has a job just to pay for thier meds so i hope she can be home with the other children/her husband works at publix and has insurance but they do not cover the vitamins for michrocondria. our president talk about how his mom on the very last day of her life was arguing with the insurance company–GOD BLESS HIM i know he understands and unless you have been through it no one would understand. thanks don for letting me tweet

    November 8, 2009 at 12:16 am |
  28. Fred

    As I wrote in an earlier blog here, prayers to those who have suffered in this tragedy, especially those who have served and their families. Yes, it is REALLY vital to acknowledge and honour those who pay the ultimate price. What we experience as part of the human condition is of course also worthy of our attention. But isn't Veterans' Day, coming up this week, about our men and women in uniform ( & their families )??? We can live in freedom & say proudly 'God bless America' ( & 'God bless Canada' – as I am Canadian ) because of our brave servicemen & women ( of the US & Canada ) over there in the MIddle East and other theatres around the world. I salute also you in the Newsroom, both in Atlanta & New York, for your service – sometimes involving real courage under fire – kind of CNN heroes in your own right, though of course you will not take credit for this, When you travel as war correspondents, as I know you do & will, you do so with some heavy risks. God bless you & keep you safe...!

    November 8, 2009 at 8:55 am |
  29. Tania

    Good job Housse passes Health care reform for American people and their families for the small businesses for all the workers in the system of the haelth

    November 8, 2009 at 10:11 am |
  30. Adaorah Onyekwena

    I just played the CNN challange and it was really interactive. I enjoyed the graphics, the interactivity and the various methods used in questioning the contestants.

    November 8, 2009 at 1:44 pm |
  31. kitty Burton

    Rick,

    On that Miss America(almost) thing,she didn't comment re her
    settlement because she didn't have a case and got nothing,Zilch!!

    I wonder if she is playing with a full deck???
    She has been caught in so many lies OMG

    Anyone buying her book isn't the sharpest knife in the drawer

    Kit

    November 12, 2009 at 3:48 pm |
  32. ROGER JOHNSON

    I have seen some (AIR-HEADS) in my day but that girl that lost that beauty pagent miss AMERICA is truly a loser,i use to feel sorry for her but not anymore. SHE tried to embarras a legend and one of the most respected men in AMERICA! I would not read her book if she paid meand i hope no one buys her stupid book!

    November 13, 2009 at 5:34 am |